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Seeking CVs/Expressions of Interest Project Leader (Institutional Development) and Cyber Security Experts

NI-CO is preparing to engage a team of experts to support the delivery of a future EU funded project on Cyber Security.

We are currently seeking a full time Project Leader for the inception phase of an EC funded project in Cybersecurity due to commence in early 2017 for a duration of 42 months.  The project will have an initial base in Africa and will be implemented by a varied team of international and local technical experts, with support from a team of local administrative staff.

Please follow link for further information.  Cyber Experts.

 

By |December 23rd, 2016|Jobs|Comments Off on Seeking CVs/Expressions of Interest Project Leader (Institutional Development) and Cyber Security Experts

Croatia – Language Assistant (LA) to the Resident Twinning Advisor (RTA)

A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated person to become a member of a small project team working on a European Union funded Twinning Project in Croatia. The project will be based in Zagreb and will focus on the delivery of training to Mentors for Nurses and Midwives and the implementation of educational curriculums in the Health System of Croatia.

Please click on link to download Job Description. 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday 2nd January 2017.

Shortlisted candidates only will be invited to attend an interview.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th January 2017 in Zagreb – venue to be confirmed.

By |December 15th, 2016|Jobs|Comments Off on Croatia – Language Assistant (LA) to the Resident Twinning Advisor (RTA)

Project Assistant to the Resident Twinning Advisor (RTA)

A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated person to become a member of a small project team working on a European Union funded Twinning Project in Croatia. The project will be based in Zagreb and will focus on the delivery of training to Mentors for Nurses and Midwives and the implementation of educational curriculums in the Health System of Croatia.

Please click on the link to download Job Description.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday 2nd January 2017.

Shortlisted candidates only will be invited to attend an interview.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th January 2017 in Zagreb – venue to be confirmed.

By |December 15th, 2016|Jobs|Comments Off on Project Assistant to the Resident Twinning Advisor (RTA)

From Belfast to Kiev

From Kiev to Belfast

NI-CO recently played host to a delegation of senior public servants from Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance, Department for Humanitarian and Social Policy at the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and the Ministry of Social Policy.  The purpose of the visit was to acquaint the group with primary policy areas in combating fraud and corruption within the social protection system.

During the course of their 5 day itinerary, the delegation visited the Department of Social Development where they explored new strategic policy areas aimed at fraud prevention, detection, correction, punishment, and deterrence. Meetings with staff from the Social Security Agency, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Centre, Andersonstown Jobs and Benefits Office and Coleraine Jobs & Benefits Office also provided the group with a unique opportunity to meet social inspectors who are at the forefront in leading NI’s campaign to detect and combat EFC.  As well as receiving practical advice on the latest, innovative ways of fraud prevention, sanctions, and repayment of debts, experiences were also shared in the effective implementation of public awareness campaigns on EFC prevention and in the effective use of ICT in designing risk profiling tools and carrying out cross-checks.

By |April 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on From Belfast to Kiev

UK Shares Best Practice with Montenegro

This month NI-CO, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, were delighted to host a delegation from Montenegro to the UK. The visit was organised under the auspices of a €3 Million EU funded project, ‘Support to the Rule of Law in Montenegro’ which NI-CO has been delivering in Montenegro since 2013. Aiming to strengthen the independence, efficiency and accountability of the judiciary and the fight against corruption, the project will help Montenegro comply with Chapters 23 and 24 of the Acquis Communautaire as it embarks upon the road to EU Accession.

The Montenegrin delegation comprised senior representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court, Judicial Council and the Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica and attended a number of high level meetings with judges and officials at the Supreme Court, Foreign Office, Ministry of Justice, and Crown Prosecution Service in London.  Visits were also made to a variety of courts including the Rolls Building, Supreme Court, Royal Courts of Justice and Crown courts.

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Building on the success of the first two years of the project, the itinerary was designed to introduce the group to the importance of oversight mechanisms such as the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate in the fight against corruption.

Lessons were also shared on the independence of the judiciary, policy reform and transformation in the Ministry of Justice, and the efficient management of the courts service and case management through effective resource allocation and digitisation. The delegation also learned about the importance of developing strong leadership and management skills across the justice sector in the UK in delivering the reform agenda.

NI-CO is looking forward to working with Montenegro on the remainder of the current project and to future collaboration.

By |April 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on UK Shares Best Practice with Montenegro

NI-CO Bursary Opportunity – Cyprus – Study and report on the Peace Programme in Northern Ireland

In 2016, NI-CO (Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas) is offering a unique opportunity for a bi-communal team of Cypriot researchers to visit Northern Ireland to evaluate the delivery and impact of EU Peace funding and to derive lessons for Cyprus’s reconciliation work and use of international funding mechanisms. The bursary covers travel, accommodation, expenses and transport in Northern Ireland up to a value of €13,000 for a team of two researchers representing both Cypriot communities. NI-CO will facilitate all necessary access to contacts and institutions for the research. The research document is to be developed after in-country experience in Northern Ireland with financial assistance from the NI-CO Bursary. The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation at www.nico.org.uk/bursary/. The deadline for submission of proposals is 29 April 2016.

 

NI-CO Ref Number: 111/001/SER-2016

By |April 10th, 2016|News|Comments Off on NI-CO Bursary Opportunity – Cyprus – Study and report on the Peace Programme in Northern Ireland

NI-CO Commences New Contract to Support Judicial Reform in Kazakhstan

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NI-CO practitioners have recently arrived in Astana to commence work on their first ever EU funded Grant programme in Kazakhstan. The €5.5 million project will see NI-CO work alongside the UK Ministry of Justice, the Dutch Probation Service and the Polish National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution to strengthen the rule of law and the reform of the judiciary in Kazakhstan through supporting the implementation of the national policy of humanization of the justice system.

Over a 36 month period, NI-CO will work closely with a range of key stakeholder institutions and groups, namely the Ministries of Justice and Interior, Supreme Court, probation service, prison service and a host of legal professionals to implement both the Kazakh President’s “Action Plan on Implementing New Criminal Legislation” and the EU Annual Action Plan for Kazakhstan. Of crucial importance to the project will be the involvement of civil society organisations in the design of new initiatives to raise public awareness of reforms and build public confidence in the justice system.

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As well as providing a comprehensive training package for legal professionals on relevant legal subjects, modern training techniques and technical subjects relating to the duty of care within the penal system, the NI-CO led team will be tasked with developing guidelines for pre-trial detention, implementing principles for alternative forms of criminal punishment and developing recommendations and advice on practical support to those who have completed a custodial sentence.

By |January 18th, 2016|News|Comments Off on NI-CO Commences New Contract to Support Judicial Reform in Kazakhstan

Myanmar – Visit to Sanchaung by Director Tung-Lai Margue

By |January 21st, 2015|News|0 Comments

Jordan Social Development Officials Visit NI

Cllr Mervyn Storey MLA , Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive

Cllr Mervyn Storey MLA , Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive

During the last two months NI-CO has facilitated study visits for 23 representatives from the Ministry of Social Development in Jordan as part of our Twinning Project “Strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Social Development of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to promote and protect the rights of vulnerable families, women and children”.  The group included representatives who work with juveniles, vulnerable families and children, disabled adults and abused women, and the community and voluntary sector as well as senior Ministry officials and heads of departments.

These study visits allowed key personnel from the MoSD to meet key officials within government and the departments responsible for social services in Northern Ireland.  The participants had the opportunity to hear directly from others on how policy and practice in the field of social services has evolved and is being currently developed and how effective quality assurance and monitoring systems have been established.

Officials from the MoSD were given opportunities to visit family centres, centres for the disabled and child protection and family support teams, where they were introduced to experienced managers and staff and received presentations and training on key management processes, administrative processes and new practice interventions in the care of vulnerable families, adults and children.

They had a chance to familiarize themselves with other types of services, including job creation and vocational/other educational services offered.

The visit also provided an opportunity for the group to learn more about EU best practice in the field of community based social care, regional community care planning and commissioning of services to non-governmental entities.  The Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, Frances McCandless, gave the group an overview of how the Commission was set up and it roles and responsibilities in Northern Ireland.  An overview of NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, a membership and representative umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, and Volunteer Now gave some interesting perspectives into the work in this sector.

These meetings allowed participants to see how practices have developed in pursuit of government’s vision and objectives in Northern Ireland.  This included the policy making system now in place, service planning mechanisms at central and regional levels of government as well as in local communities.

Mr Paul Martin, Resident Twinning Advisor on the project, accompanied the groups while they visited the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to get an overview of the work of the Department and the structures within the Northern Ireland government.  The rest of their time in Northern Ireland the group had the opportunity to visit more specialist facilities and see the work that goes on at every level here and how it is interconnected.  The first group visited a Juvenile Justice Centre and a care centre for young people where they had the chance to speak to some of the young people themselves.  The Cedar Foundation hosted two excellent sessions on their work in supporting children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of community life, and followed this up with a tour of one of their residential homes which are fully equipped with SMART technology.

The groups paid a visit to Muckamore Abbey Hospital, which provides inpatient, assessment and treatment facilities for people with severe learning disabilities and mental health needs, forensic needs or challenging behaviour, to meet some of the experts who had been out to Jordan to deliver training to staff in the MoSD.

The Director of Mental Health, Learning Disability and Social Work in the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority gave the group an insight into the ongoing inspections and reviews of health and social care services in Northern Ireland as an independent health and social care regulator, explaining how their work encourages continuous improvement in the sector.

The first study visit group visited Beech Hall Day Centre.   The opportunity to see the facilities and meet the hosts throughout the two weeks gave the participants an invaluable opportunity to put the training and advice they had received to date on the project into context and work has already begun on putting some of the learning points into action back in Jordan.

By |December 22nd, 2014|News|Comments Off on Jordan Social Development Officials Visit NI

Seeking Experts in Criminal Justice Reform

NI-CO welcomes CVs from experts in Criminal Justice Reform, for both long and short term assignments.  Experts with previous project experience in the Balkans would be particularly welcome.

All interested parties should e-mail a copy of their current CV to acory@nico.org.uk using the following template:

Please download template: CV Template:

By |November 14th, 2014|Jobs|Comments Off on Seeking Experts in Criminal Justice Reform